State Rep. Patricia Todd, champion for LGBTQ rights announces retirement

Patricia Todd
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LGBTQ rights champion Alabama state Rep. Patricia Todd announced that she not seeking re-election on Monday.

The Birmingham-Democrat confirmed her decision in a Facebook post Monday night.

She wrote:

It has been my honor and privilege to serve the constituents of House District 54 for the past 12 years. I have learned so much, met some incredible people, and I hope I have made a difference. So I am not running for reelection.

The current ethic laws and the time to serve as a legislator create a barrier for me to secure full time employment and it has created a financial burden on my family.

I love my role as a legislator. I will miss having a hand in crafted public policy, but hope my next career allows me to stay engaged.

I promise that I will assist in any way possible to help my successor be an affective legislator.

Todd is Alabama’s first, and only, openly gay lawmaker. She was first elected in 2006 and has served as the District 54 representative for the past 12 years.